Applesauce Mini Loaves
I am still working on edible gifts for friends and family and as usual I am behind. Most of these will be hand delivered but some will be getting theirs after Christmas. These loaves are a variation of the banana bread recipe that I love so much, the only substitution is that I used homemade applesauce instead of banana’s. I also added some spice and finished with a cream cheese drizzle and some toasted walnuts.
Makes one regular sized loaf or 3 mini loaves
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter at room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs at room temperature
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 heaping cup applesauce (homemade or commercially prepared-unsweetened)
1/2 cup sour cream (full fat)
1 tsp vanilla extract
Pre heat oven to 350 degrees. Butter or spray the bottoms of loaf pans or pan.
Cream butter and sugar until fluffy, add eggs and mix using either stand or hand held mixer until the eggs are completely incorporated and its smooth and creamy.
Mix flour, baking soda, salt and spices in a bowl and add to the butter mixture. Mix just until its combined. Add the applesauce, sour cream and vanilla and mix until completely combined.
Divide evenly into loaf pans if making the mini loaves or scrape into loaf pan. For mini loaves bake 35-40 minutes or until toothpick or tester inserted in the middle of the loaf comes out clean. If making a large loaf bake 60-70 minutes.
Allow to cool in pans for 10 minutes then invert onto rack and let cool completely, Drizzle with icing and sprinkle walnuts on top. Refrigerate until drizzle becomes hard (it’s important if you are going to package the loaves) Put approx 1/4 cup walnuts in food processor, pulse a couple of times, place on piece of parchment into the 350 degree oven for 5 minutes or until you can smell the walnuts. Remove and let cool.
2 tbs softened cream cheese
1 tbs butter at room temperature
1/3 cup powdered sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla
Mix until smooth, add a few drops of water it its too thick. Drizzle onto loaves and sprinkle with the walnuts.